Atlanta Nips Nationals Sunday, 2-1

Several Regulars Rested

Sunday, August 18, 2013
Julio Teheran
Julio Teheran
- photo by Major League Baseball

ATLANTA -- Julio Teheran escaped a few potentially damaging situations, and the Braves constructed yet another productive first inning against Gio Gonzalez on the way to claiming a 2-1 win over the Nationals at Turner Field.

While winning five of six against the second-place Nationals over the past two weeks and 12 of the first 16 games in this season series, the Braves have gained a 15 1/2-game lead and all but erased any intrigue surrounding the National League East race.

Their primary focus is to secure postseason home-field advantage by maintaining the NL-best record they have gained while winning 19 of their past 22 games.

With the comfortable division lead, Gonzalez took advantage of the opportunity to give Brian McCann, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons a chance to rest after playing the entirety of Saturday's marathon contest that extended into the wee hours of the morning. This simply provided Philip Gosselin a chance to record his first two career hits in his first Major League start.

After B.J. Upton drew a walk to begin the bottom of the first inning, Gosselin recorded a bunt single that came courtesy of a well-placed sacrifice attempt. This set the stage for Freddie Freeman andChris Johnson to produce RBI singles that foiled Gonzalez and added to their success in run-producing situations.

With runners in scoring position, Freeman has batted .441 (45-for-102) and Johnson has hit .337 (30-for-89).

The two-run first inning proved to be enough for Teheran, who allowed five hits and stranded nine runners over six scoreless innings. The 22-year-old right-hander has allowed fewer than two runs in five of his first six starts since the All-Star break.

Teheran put two runners on before recording an out in each of the first three innings. But the Nationals, who have batted .159 (14-for-88) with runners in scoring position against the Braves this year, came up empty in each situation. Washington also squandered the two-out doubles Bryce Harper and Chad Tracy hit in the fifth and sixth innings.

Because their bullpen was taxed on Saturday, the Nationals opted to send Gonzalez to the plate after Teheran took advantage of the chance to intentionally walk Kurt Suzuki following Tracy's sixth-inning double. Gonzalez struck out on six pitches to end Teheran's 105-pitch outing.

Gonzalez was nearly flawless after allowing the Braves to score at least two first-inning runs against him for the third time this season. He surrendered just two more hits and held Atlanta scoreless over the remainder of his 120-pitch, seven-inning effort.

Left-handed reliever Scott Downs allowed the Nationals to put two on with one out in the seventh inning. This prompted the entry of David Carpenter, who surrendered Jayson Werth's RBI single before striking out Adam LaRoche on the front end of a double play that included Gerald Laird throwing out Werth trying to steal second base.

The Braves have an off-day on Monday.

--- Source: MLB.com


Losses Continue For Lookouts With 3-2 Defeat Sunday

Sunday's game at Jacksonville went down to the wire but the result was the same for Chattanooga, another loss. The tying run was stranded at second base when the final out occurred with the Lookouts on the losing end of a 3-2 game.  Inning-by-inning game  Recap Box   Details to flollow (click for more)

TSWA Announces All-State Baseball Teams

The Tennessee Sports Writers Association recently announced its all-state high school baseball teams. THE TEAMS: TSWA All State Baseball Teams Class A P – Drew Hall, Goodpasture, Sr. P – Christian Hill, Eagleville, Sr. P – David Looney, Cornersville, Sr. P – Matt Williams, Oneida, Sr. C – Aaron Fox, Cornersville, Sr. C – Boone ... (click for more)

Muslim Advocacy Group Questions House Arrest For Signal Mountain Man Charged In Threats Against Muslim Village In New York

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, on Saturday questioned the release of a Signal Mountain man who admitted to planning what it called "a Charleston-style terror attack" on a Muslim community in New York. CAIR also called for stepped up protection for the community targeted in the plot. Judge ... (click for more)

Plumbers Bring Complaints To WWTA; Told New Contracts Are Ready

Several plumbers on Thursday brought complaints to a committee of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA) and got little response other than being told that new contracts are ready. Kay Keefe of Keefe Plumbing said the small number of plumbing companies still participating in the program to repair leaky lines to homes, have long been operating without ... (click for more)

Could The Marriage Decision Spark A New Independence Day?

I confess that this year I am having a hard time with the idea of celebrating the 4th of July Independence Day. It is not because I am not thankful to God for what was done on that day, what it represents, and the blessings I’ve experienced that flow from it. On the other hand, I want to think that maybe this year’s celebration will mark a period in our history in which a new movement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dr. Tydings Is A Winner

One week from tomorrow the most important educator in the future of our community will start work as the new president of Chattanooga State. While I am normally cynical of beard-strokers and foundation-hungry dreamers who have little or no concept of the real world, I am convinced Flora Tydings will become the best thing to happen in our community in years. A grandmother with ... (click for more)